has had similar routing for years -- and that's because someone who has no common sense is in charge for flight planning.
I have written articles, spoke to folks, discussed in aviation forums about this. Yet, of course, Biman officials never see this.
Here is what Biman could do, even before getting new aircraft:
Consolidate it's European points to two stations outside London:
or even BRU
. Very few people today want to fly on an airline that has only one weekly frequency and dedicate the second frequency to that station. Routing could be DAC-FCO
should continue....the range for the DC-10-30ER has sufficient range for DAC-BRU
non-stop. By consolidating to one point, BG
does not have to run 3 offices -- and can focus all efforts in that one city. BRU
, having the fewest flights to Asia and North America (as compared to FRA
) and also being the airport from which BG
has rights to JFK
, may be a good place for BG
to operate to/from.
2) Get at least one other frequency to NRT
. Currently, the routing is DAC-BKK
, and the inbound crew stays for a whole week before taking the NRT
route. What a waste. Also, given the increasing number of Bangladeshis in Korea, maybe the route could be DAC-SEL-NRT
and twice a week.
3) Streamline Mid-East routes:
Here are some examples: DAC-BAH
-KWI-CGP-DAC. Now, think about the poor passenger who is going from Bahrain to DAC -- she flies north to Kuwait, then South on to Chittagong and then to Dhaka -- and get there almost 10 hours after they set off - whereas the non-stop is 5 hours only. Anyway, ME routes are better than before -- there were routes such as DAC-DXB
-DOH-DAC and other crazy "somewhat" triangular routes.
4) Make frequencies daily (and at the same time) on domestic routes.
While this is becoming pretty much a standard in international routes, Biman has domestic schedules that are scattered all over. I spoke to businessmen in Bangladesh, and they say that one of the advantages that GMG has over Biman (other than punctuality, clean cabin, higher customer service), is that they know that no matter what day, they can take a flight to CGP or ZYL as at 8:00 in the morning and no matter what day, take the 8pm back. With Biman, the morning flight may be 8:00 on Mon, Tue, Thurs, and 9:30 on Wed and Fri and so on.
And of course, keep the flights on time -- what good is it to streamline anything if you can't stick to it?
Wasim / Planemannyc